Today I witnessed the true horror of forced "immigration removals" on a flight out of Heathrow. A Bangladeshi man was screaming bloody murder as four white guards assured passengers that he'd stop screaming for his life when we took off.— Mohammad Ali Musawi (@malimusawi) September 24, 2019
I contacted a friend to see what I should be doing and ended up refusing to sit down until the man was removed from the plane and not deported.— Mohammad Ali Musawi (@malimusawi) September 24, 2019
He faught for himself. He yelled and screamed, but most people just ignored him and sat there. He was able to achieve somewhat of a victory. If you find yourself in a similar situation as I did, please please do something. Anything.— Mohammad Ali Musawi (@malimusawi) September 24, 2019
Don't be like the white passengers literally covering their ears to try and pretend a massive injustice that could easily lead to a man's death and the devastation of his family is happening. You can simply stand up to prevent a place from taking off. Musawi might not have saved this man forever, but he did what he could.
I know we're all a little embarrassed by the hero fantasies we have (let's be honest, we all do it), but I encourage everyone to vividly imagine doing this in this situation over and over, particularly if you regularly fly. You can also apply this to bus situations in which CBP agents board demanding to see papers. In that case, imagine standing up and loudly informing your fellow passengers of their rights, then loudly refusing to hand over any identification to the fascist thugs.
The point is, stand up. If it helps, and let's be honest, it probably does, think about how many Twitter followers you could gain telling the story. Also, follow Musawi.
Stop all deportations.